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Definition of savage adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1aggressive and violent; causing great harm synonym brutal savage dogs She had been badly hurt in what police described as “a savage attack.” savage public spending cuts
  2. 2involving very strong criticism The article was a savage attack on the government's record.
  3. 3[only before noun] (old-fashioned) an offensive way of referring to groups of people or customs that are considered to be simple and not highly developed synonym primitive a savage tribe
    adverb savagely attacked/criticized “No!” he snarled savagely.
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